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Global Trade Increasingly Responsible for Deforestation

Posted October 28, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Blue & Green Tomorrow)

The global trade in agricultural and timber products is pushing the planet’s forests to the brink, having been responsible for more than a third of recent deforestation, a new study has warned.

The report, commissioned by the Center for Global Development think-tank, noted that deforestation has historically been driven by smallholder farmers and local demand for goods.

But analysing deforestation in seven countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Indonesia, the study concluded that international consumption is increasingly to blame. More than a third of global deforestation is caused by the production of beef, soy, palm oil and wood products. Read more here.